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Stourbridge Lion Live Steam Model

 

In spring 2007 the museum acquired a 1/8th size (1 1/2" scale) working model of the Stourbridge Lion. Originally designed in Canada, the model changed hands until Robert Eastman acquired the model. In the mid 1990's he was returning from a model steam meet in New England when he stopped in the Matamoras, PA rest area where he saw the Wayne County Historical Society's display with a picture of our Stourbridge Lion replica. Not knowing the true history of the larger version of his model he drove to Honesdale to learn more. There he met with Sally Talaga, the Executive Director of the museum, and showed her his model.

 

Mr.Eastman sold the 'Cub' to the museum in the spring of 2007. During most of the year the 'cub' along with tender is on display in the Movin' Energy exhibit next to the life size replica. A display case made by Bill Mamber features a hand crank which moves the model back and forth on track showing the intricate workings of the rocker arms and pistons.

 

Occasionally the 'Cub' escapes the eye of its larger sibling and starts to breathe fire again. With the guidance of the Pennyslvania Live Steamers of Collegeville PA the volunteers have learned how to maintain, fire, and run the 'Cub'. Dozens of onlookers have inquired about the Lion and our museum. Our goal is to stir interest in the Lion, its history, and technology while at the Live Steamers and other live steam meets. Current volunteers working on the maintenance and running of the 'Cub' as we've come to call it are Fred Murray, Jim VanOrden, Jason Ohliger and Joe Alogna. Below are pictures and videos of the 'Cub' during PA Live Steamers visits and work parties in Honesdale.

 

Interested in helping with our ongoing projects? Check out the calendar for upcoming events or contact the museum!

 

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Right cylinder under repair

 

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Parking brake engaged

 

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Ready to light!

 

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Fire for the first time in 10 years.

 

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Bill Mamber posing next to the engine.

 

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Paul Talaga getting pulled by the 'Cub'!

 

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Firing on stands.

 

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Bill Mamber monitoring engine.

 

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Motion was sustained for 1.5 hours.

 

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Good fire and good pressure.

 

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Blowdown

 

 

 

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View of interior tubes. (Actual Lion did NOT have tubes)